The Culina Logistics depot at Market Drayton in Shropshire is home to Culina Group’s Head Office. The facility, which is home to 250 staff, was the very first Culina depot back in 1994 when the business was founded. The company’s first customer was Muller, who still share the site today. The 120,000 sq. ft. warehouse has a throughput of 10,000 pallets a week. That’s 1.7 million cases through its 16 loading bays.
The warehouse itself runs on a Dematic system. This means that stock is moved via an automated conveyor system, from its manufacturing point at Muller directly into the pick face. From here 13 robotic cranes move the stock to its temporary home in the 13,905 sq.ft. racking, where it waits to be picked and dispatched. Overall the warehouse has a standard operating temperature of 4ᵒC, 235 pick faces and holds 22,000 pallets.
The depot has 68 trailers and 32 units assigned to it but has the 75 HGVs and 150 trailers in the yard. It also houses the Culina back-up generator. In the case of an emergency, this is 35,000kg piece of kit can be transported to any depot within the Group in a matter of hours to ensure that we continue to provide the same level of service to our clients.
Market Drayton locally support the Hope House charity as well as Cancer Research UK, the wider groups chosen partner charity. Hope House provide childrens hospices, care and support. The depot has raised over £21,000 for the charity over the past 12 years. We now have 2 Hope House trailers to promote their work in the local area.
The site is also the home to the Culina Bus that we use for charity and promotional events. The Transport team recently used this as a ‘drop in point’ when they took part in the Whitchurch Truck Show which saw hundreds of HGVs descend on the local rugby club. They took along 2 x 2018 Volvo’s to be entered into the show.
Key Members of the Market Drayton Team
Name: Michelle Anderson
Job role: Transport Manager
Length of time with the company: 24 years
“I enjoy working at the Market Drayton site. I have seen many changes during my time here and there is never a dull moment. The team we have here are a great group of people and they are like a second family. It’s not always smooth sailing with tight deadlines and routes to plan but we get the job done and I am proud to be part of the team.”
Name: Gary Hough
Job role: Warehouse Manager
Length of time with the company: 17 years
“I thoroughly enjoy my job with Culina Logistics, (or I wouldn’t have stayed for so long). The guys and girls in the warehouse all pull together to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The hardest part of the job is ensuring the daily flow around the automated system keeps running to fulfil the customer requirements.”
If you are interested in joining the Culina Logistics winning team visit www.culinacareers.co.uk to see the vacancies in your area.